Water Filter Reviews: Alkaline, Charcoal, Sediment & Iron

alkaline water filter

It’s a no brainer that everyone, given the choice, would opt for clean water. We’re lucky, given the methods at our disposal, then, to be provided with so many ways to achieve it!

If you’ve tested your water or had it tested by a professional, and have found it to be less than desirable, you’re not alone. If your drinking water comes from the ground and has been contaminated with too much iron or sediment, you’re one of many.

Even if you’re just feeling as if you could improve the water running from your tap, you’re one of a large number of growing households searching for better water quality. Help is at hand!

Filters are so streamlined now that you can choose to remove only specifically what you need to and be left with what you ultimately want to bring to your family; great tasting, clean water to drink, bathe, and wash with.

I’ve reduced the best water filters to a list of 5 that do very specific jobs, removing alkaline, charcoal, iron, sediment or chlorine, in that order.

There is a variety of ways to remove undesirables, so I’ve included in my list a couple of smaller options and a few larger ones. Read on!


The Method: Alkaline Water Filter


Typically a filter removes what you don’t want in your water, and an alkaline water filter does this, but equally importantly, it increases the PH of your water (typically from a 7.0 to a 9.0).

Maybe you haven’t heard about the people of the Okinawa Centenarian Project, but the longest living people on the planet drink alkaline water.

The benefits are numerous: improved weight loss, increased kidney function, increased bone health (reduces the issue of bone loss) among many others!

Specifically

Alkaline Water Pitcher

The best alkaline water filter for your household, and probably the easiest to use, is The Alkaline Water Pitcher by Lake Industries. At 2.5 L, it’s a nice size for your family to get the benefits that alkaline water can provide on a consistent basis.

There is no expensive installation or confusing directions; just a simple, ergonomically designed pitcher and filters which, using 7 stage cartridges, remove a combination of odors, chlorine, and heavy metals.

The pitcher is made of BPA free food grade plastic and will eliminate the need for plastic bottles, so you’re doing not on your body but also the environment a good turn!

Pros and Cons

Some pros to this type of filter are that it’s easy to set up, and fits nicely into your fridge or on your countertop. The use of the filter isn’t confusing and even a child can refill the pitcher.

This is a very inexpensive way to start providing clean water. A con is that the amount of water being filtered is limited at one time unless you buy more than one pitcher.

In Summary

Easy to use is right up my alley! I’m also swayed by the idea that I can take this alkaline water filter home and immediately start getting the benefits of good, alkaline, filtered water.

There’s no waiting a few hours for installation; a half hour will increase the PH of your water significantly, and once you get started, you can easily keep filling it for a consistent supply.


The Method: Charcoal Water Filter


A charcoal water filter is a great way to remove contaminants from your water without removing the beneficial minerals in the process. When used in filters, it’s actually activated charcoal that is typically used; this is charcoal that has been processed so that it becomes even more porous.

The more porous charcoal is, the better its ability to trap impurities and hold them for a long time before needing to be replaced with a fresh piece of activated charcoal.

Specifically

Black+Blum Eau Good Water Bottle

A charcoal water filter is a great way to remove contaminants from your water without removing the beneficial minerals in the process.

When used in filters, it’s actually activated charcoal that is typically used; this is charcoal that has been processed so that it becomes even more porous.

The more porous charcoal is, the better its ability to trap impurities and hold them for a long time before needing to be replaced with a fresh piece of activated charcoal.

Pros and Cons

One pro I discovered right away with this bottle is that it has a nice wide mouth; no squirt bottles for me, please! Sometimes a bit of charcoal will break off and get into your mouth; this could be seen as both pro and con.

Charcoal may not be the nicest thing to swallow, but it does have numerous health benefits for your gut! A con for this product is that, while it is very convenient to take with you, it doesn’t fit many standard cup holders.

In Summary

Definitely a product I’ll be giving as gifts for my fitness friends who want to improve water quality without investing a lot of time, effort and money.

This bottle with its natural charcoal water filter (also sometimes known as a carbon block water filter) is probably the easiest of ways to enjoy the benefits of cleaner, safer, and more healthy drinking water!


The Method: Iron Water Filter


Specifically

Pentek RFFE-10BB Iron Reduction

Sure, we all need some iron in our diet, but an overload of iron in our water is a big problem. Too much iron in your water can leave a metallic tang in your mouth, and have adverse health risks.

Iron can also leave stains on your clothes or in your appliances – yuck!

An iron filter is a great way of getting the iron content reduced so that your drinking water tastes better and has a healthier, more beneficial quality for your family.

Pros and Cons

This is an exceptionally well made iron filter and will do far more than a simple tap hook up system would do. It’s a filter for your entire house; affecting not only the water you wash with, but also the drinking water you’re consuming on a daily basis. It’s easy to use in conjunction with a variety of other filters too!

A con is that it’s not as simple as, for example, a jug you’re taking home and filtering a few liters at a time. Since this is a cartridge that fits into the Big Blue housing, it does require the purchase of other components to use.

In Summary

Big Blue is a great product if you’re looking to have the best iron water filter for your entire house. Pentek is a well known name and they stand behind their products.

Refill cartridges are easily ordered so you don’t have to worry when one has finally seen the last of its days. The housing has an easy to use opening so replacing these filters is a breeze.


The Method: Sediment Water Filter


Imagine taking that first long drink of cold, fresh water, and suddenly you feel it…a chunk, a bit, a something has made its way into your mouth! Gross!

This is what’s known as sediment, and it can be a big problem in some households. Sediment can wreak havoc in household appliances like your washer, and even, over time, clog your drains as you run the taps. It’ll get left behind in the tub after your bath and just generally be a nuisance.

If you’re noticing any of the above, it may be time to invest in a sediment filter.

Specifically

Pentek DGD-5005 Spun Polypropylene Filter Cartridge

Pentek hits another home run with their DGD-5005 Spun Polypropylene Filter Cartridge. Just like the iron filter, this fits into the Big Blue housing, which also can be used in conjunction with a whole house filtration system.

This filter will reduce rust, silt, scale and sand in your water system and combines different layers to maximize its ability to grab hold and lock in any undesirables from reaching your household water supply.

Pros and Cons

With 2 separate gradient layers, this filter catches far more than your average filter, leaving far less room for even the tiniest bits of sand or silt to slip through. It has a high resistance to bacteria and chemicals, making it work efficiently even in less than ideal conditions.

A con would be similar to that of its iron filter cousin, in that it requires a housing and more set up than a simple (for example) charcoal filter.

In Summary

Another Pentek product, and once again I’d highly recommend this type of filter for your whole house filtration protection. It’s a well made product and Pentek has done its homework in providing you with the best of what technology has to offer.

They keep in mind that you, the homeowner, have a busy week and don’t have time to mess about trying to get a system set up and running. Easy, simple instructions and thoughtful housings with easy filter changes make this one a winner.


The Method: Chlorine Water Filter


If you’ve read about the detrimental health effects of chlorine in our water, you may be rushing around right now looking for a good chlorine water filter.

Yes, chlorine is added to our water systems to kill bacteria, however, it doesn’t differentiate between harmful bacteria that accumulate in our shower heads and the ones that are actually beneficial to our bodies.

Chlorine also strips natural oils from hair and skin, leaving it dry and brittle. Even worse, chlorine reacts with organic matter in water to create trihalomethanes such as chloroform, a known cancer causing agent.

Specifically

Aqua Elegante Advanced Tap Water Faucet Filter

No need to panic; amidst all of this, in steps the Advanced Tap Water Faucet Filter, by Aqua Elegante, the best chlorine filter on the market.

An easy to install device, this one also looks sharp and won’t stand out like a sore thumb in your bathroom or kitchen décor.

Each filter lasts about 4 months, or 200 gallons worth of clean, healthy and chlorine contaminant free water!

Not only will you be drinking healthier water, you’ll be washing in it too, and all it takes is a quick twist on any standard faucet, and with a flip of a switch you’re done!

Pros and Cons

A big pro of this filter is the ease of set up and the fact that it takes up no other space in the house – neither in the fridge, on the counter, or in the basement as a large set up would do.

The filter not only eliminates chlorine, but also tackles sediment, asbestos, mercury and lead, among others.

A con is that for each tap to flow good clean water, multiple filters must be purchased.

In Summary

One of the most elegant, sleek designs I’ve seen and one that easily blends into any kitchen décor. Don’t let its good looks fool you though; this is one workhorse of a filter and will help you get on the path to providing fresh clean water to your loved ones.

With easy installation, this one needs to be on your next shopping list!

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